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Turning Dominic into a Duckling - week twelve

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Half term so no formal lesson this week but my buddies and I decided we just couldn’t let the little ones escape so easily!  Fortunately the pool had a parent n toddler session at exactly the same time so it was easy to organise. Double the fun for me as my five-year-old came too!

Luke’s mum thought I was very brave bringing them both – never done this before without Dad’s help. But I thought nothing ventured, nothing gained – gladly there were plenty of gains!

But the main thing was we had lots of FUN! More than I expected.

I did have to do a spot of preparation – neither boys had their own arm bands so that purchase had to be made rather swiftly. Although the elder one had lessons until he started school, he didn’t get to the level where he can cope without an inflatable safety net. 

So blowing up four arm bands and a rubber ring in the morning after breakfast was all part of the fun.  I got them practising on the carpet with their kicking as well!

I needed to be an octopus to get two children to the pool safely and handle all the bits and bobs to carry including the large ball that Dominic insisted on bringing and our own woggle. (Wanted to try and re-create some of the lesson activities.)

Was pleased to see the pool was quiet, probably due to a scorching hot day outside so amazingly our hour in the pool was very relaxed. Dominic adored being with his brother and it really helped his progress. It seems a five-year-old’s legs are a lot more exciting to copy than mine! Another ‘golden moment of parenting’ when they were both sat on the side kicking madly, shouting with glee and having the time of their life. My challenge from last week has solved itself – we just need to come swimming as a family more often so Dominic has his brother to imitate.

Looking after them both was a bit of a challenge – sibling rivalry magnified x 10 by the water somehow. Mummy’s attention was constantly demanded by Dominic: “Look, Mummy” and “me, me, me, ME, ME!”  I did find it easier that they were both in arm-bands so at least whoever was briefly not the subject of my full attention wasn’t in immediate drowning danger.

But the main thing was we had lots of FUN! More than I expected. In fact I was so impressed with the reaction of my elder son I have decided to start up his lessons again. Two ducklings coming up!

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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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